The Rise of Facial Hair Transplants
Dr. Mulholland talked about the latest trend of facial hair transplants with Pay Chen on In-Depth Radio, Newstalk 1010. Men are willing to pay thousands of dollars in order to have full, perfect beards.
According to an article in The Star, beard transplants are on the rise. This trend is mainly seen in New York City but has slowly trickled down to Toronto. In New York City, it’s been reported that men are paying as much as $9,000 to have hair added to their face. Pay Chen discusses this trend in depth with Dr. Stephen Mulholland of SpaMedica.
Having a beard is a staple in the hipster era among the younger crowd of men today. For some men, growing a moustache or a beard is easy and comes without thought—for others, it’s a struggle or the facial hair just never fills in completely.
Dr. Mulholland says hair transplantation is among the most common things he offers. Usually, though, it’s for women and men who are challenged on top of their head. Now, he does see a rising trend to hair restoration to the moustache, beard and chest area. He divides men in two groups for hair transplants: men who have a scar or a traumatic injury that doesn’t allow them to grow facial hair, and those who just can’t grow hair even if they want to because of their genes.
That’s why hair transplantation is a popular option to give men what they want. “We use little robotic devices that take one hair at a time. At the root, we implant the hair with a tiny little needle so there’s no stitches or scars,” says Dr. Mulholland. The procedure for men who cannot grow hair due to genetics is done in one session and takes between four and eight hours. Depending on how patchy the patient’s hair is and how much density is required, between 1,000 and 3,000 little hair families are implanted.
Recovery time can take a while. At first, the hair transplant area looks scabby and the initial transplanted hairs are very short. The shaft falls out later. “At about a month to six weeks, you start to get some growth,” says Dr. Mulholland.
Men in their 20s and 30s are usually the ones requesting lower facial hair transplantation at Dr. Mulholland’s clinic. He says some women in their 30s and 40s are getting hair transplantation too, and it’s generally from over-plucking their eyebrows. They come in for transplants on their eyebrows when they find their hairs just aren’t growing anymore after years of over-plucking.
Although growing beards and moustaches is trendy now for men, maintaining it is a big commitment. Once the thicker, longer scalp hair is placed on a man’s face, shaving and maintenance is important. For men who originally had patchy and thin facial hair, this experience may be completely new. Counseling may be required to prepare these men for their new look.
This beard trend exploded recently and a major influence is the media and impressively bearded celebrities. You might be wondering who is the most requested celebrity beard male patients want at SpaMedica—Dr. Mulholland says it’s Jake Gyllenhaal.